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34                                 LIFE   OF
should still be realized, and he should steer round the
Cape of Good Hope, Humlbolclt would join hint cither
at Monte Video., Chili, or Lima, or at whichever of the
Spanish colonies he might be. This letter had im-
portant consequences. Through false newspaper re-
ports he learnt in that distant country that jBaudin
had really commenced Ids journey, and Humboldt,
mindful of his promise, travelled with Boupland to
Portobello over the isthmus of Panama to the ooastH
of the South Sea, although he was at the time in
Cuba, and thus made a journey of more than eight
hundred (German) miles in a country which lio had
not intended to visit. We shall have occasion to re-
vert to this.
A violent storm, which commenced with a high,
tide and a flood from the north-west, obliged ITxmi-
boldt and Bonpland to interrupt their experiments.,
but became extremely favourable to them for thoir
travels. The two English frigates and the liner
which had blockaded the harbour were forced by
the violent storm to quit the Spanish coast and
make for the open sea- Clavigo's aclvieo was to
seize the opportunity hastily to embark their instru-
ments and their luggage, and not to lot the temporary
absence of the English men-of-war paws without ail
attempt to leave. Humboldt and Bonpland imme-
diately set sail, but were obliged, on account of the
increasing west wind, to tack about for sovoral da,ya
At last, on the afternoon of the 5th of Juno,, ntior
having succeeded in eluding thc^ vigilance of f;ho
English cruisers, they steered for the open woo, passed
the Hercules tower, then the light-house of Conn ma
half-an-hour later, and in the evening, favoured by
the fresh breeze, they reached the open agitated sea/
Humboldt *s heart must have beaten joy fully when
he at last saw his hope and his longing,* elaoriHlKH'i for
nine years, and so frequently disappointed, on the (.wo
of fulfilment; what must have been his feoli»gs whew,
at nine o'clock in the evening, he saw the light of a
fishing-hut of Sisarga as the last object on the